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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Wheels within deals

Geez, this guy should have taken up chess -- he could clean up Kasparov, Anand and Deep Blue in simultaneous play while reading the collected works of Rabindranath Tagore.
Jaggu Dalmiya, I mean.
Had sent out a few emails to friends, asking what was going on in re the BCCI election; just got one response that made me do a double-take and go racing off to Cricinfo to fact-check.
So, here it is:
On the Kalighat club moving the court and getting Suhash Chandra Sen, a retired Supreme Court judge, appointed as observer, he said "I cannot welcome this. It shows bankruptcy of the quality of administration in BCCI".

Cool -- but then, if this email I just got is right, the whole thing is a set up. The JD group apparently got wind of the TNCA's intention to ask the Madras High Court to appoint a neutral observer -- so it played a little trick. Apparently, the Dalmiya group got a crony, who now heads Kalighat, to file that petition in the Kolkata High Court, seeking an 'independent' observer. In other words, tomorrow it can tell the Chennai High Court, gee youronner, we don't know what the TNCA is fussing about, the Kolkata court has already appointed an independent observer, the elections will be very free and very fair.
Sheesh. Like I said -- this guy could have been a world champ, he had taken up chess.
PostScript: On my way out, was browsing comments to earlier posts and I notice Gingko has already blown the whistle on this one. Way to go... and hey, wow... at this rate, I can pretty soon just franchise this blog out, and retire on the proceeds :-))))))))))))
Later, peoples


  • wheels within deals!! fancy headline prem!!

    By Blogger Mayur, at 18:03  

  • WOW :-)...I think he should enter politics and give Pawar a run for his money in his day job ;-)....seriously...this is exactly the kind of mechanations I associate with Pawar (the shrewdest old-school politician we have, no disrespect to Laloo)

    By Blogger worma, at 18:04  

  • Jaggu rulz.. we are not worthy!!!

    By Blogger SHRI, at 18:05  

  • Gee .. looks like i have had the last word on 4 of the threads... :)

    By Blogger SHRI, at 18:06  

  • worma, what exactly has Pawar done that's all that shrewd?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:06  

  • roublen, Worma means the real-life politics, probably not the cricket related one

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:08  

  • PP do you know if Suhash Chandra Sen, a retired Supreme Court judge is a Jaggu crony too? Did he buy the judge of Kokatta court too who has appointed this judge? If he has, then yes i would say its tough to win from this guy.

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:08  

  • roublen, he has masterminded the entire sugar belt in maharashtra. now the sugar belt is one of the wealthiest areas and he has every bit of support for the the factories........ the story goes like this. he used to call vasantdada patil his mentor and come the time for being the CM, he being an excellent politician by then shrewdly set aside patil and became the PM. he is one of BIG WIG in MH politics.

    By Blogger Mayur, at 18:10  

  • vick, in the cricinfo article itself, it says Bablu Kolay, a former CAB joint secretary and Dalmiya loyalist, is the general secretary of the Kalighat club, which filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court seeking appointment of an observer to deal with any dispute during the election process

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:11  

  • vick, PP is proly guessing from his bengali origin

    By Blogger Mayur, at 18:11  

  • yeah toney, even in real politics, does Pawar have a reputation for shrewdness?

    Dalmiya does have brass balls, no question about it. But I'm not sure what he does qualifies as shrewdness. He's good at winning a rigged game, and he's good at rigging the game, but it seems that a truly shrewd guy would be able to win the game without needing to rig it, you know?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:14  

  • Toney you need to read what i wrote again. Thanks!

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:15  

  • mayur, thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:15  

  • Mayur Dalmiya himself isnt a Bengali. He is a Marwadi-bengali though. But can he buy the court? .

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:16  

  • vick, if u read Prem's theory again, it doesnt suggest that he bought off the judge. It just says he is trying to belittle the TN club's efforts, Thanks!

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:18  

  • Toney how can he do it if the observer is appointed by an independent judge? I mean he is not gonna be benefited by just being the first one who got this job done. Unless the observer is doing his bidding whats the deal for him in it?

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:22  

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    By Blogger Mayur, at 18:22  

  • heeding to the demand, JD appoint his own pall
    Well read this from the quote PP quoted..

    the Kalighat club moving the court and getting Suhash Chandra Sen, a retired Supreme Court judge, appointed as observer

    >>Did BCCI appoint this observer? If it did, What was the need to go to court? BCCI could have ask one of its peon to do it anyway.

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:25  

  • vick, I am not sayint that Prem's theory is correct.
    All I am saying is, if Jaggu's aim was to undermine the TN club's efforts, this served the purpose,, right?
    When I first read the cricinfo article, I thought the other guy had a fall-out with JD and hence did this. Dont know which is true, though.

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:25  

  • Dalmiya's statement about the courts is also an implied threat: if you guys win, I'm going to have every cricket organization in west bengal sue you every second tuesday, and I'll make your life a living hell.

    The bottom line is, if you're going to take down Dalmiya, he's not going to go quietly or willingly. It's going to be a thoroughly nasty, kicking, screaming, undignified pie fight. And that's what Dalmiya always counts on, he counts on his opponents to meekly surrender and hush things up "for the good of Indian cricket".

    Hopefully, not this time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:28  

  • Yeah i see no point in doing all this drama just to beat that Madras club in this race of "who gets the independent observer appointed first".
    Yeah its very much possible that Jaggu knew he can get the observer of his choice if this case goes to a particular judge/court :)

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:28  

  • The bottom line is, if you're going to take down Dalmiya, he's not going to go quietly or willingly. It's going to be a thoroughly nasty, kicking, screaming, undignified pie fight. And that's what Dalmiya always counts on, he counts on his opponents to meekly surrender and hush things up "for the good of Indian cricket".

    >>And all his opponents (Pawar, Damru and Lele) are decendent of HarishChandra? Yaar its politics everyone occupying the seat of power is gonna do everything legally possible to hold on to it.

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:30  

  • Vick, do you want the next series with Pakistan to be 2 tests and 14 one-dayers? Do you support the status quo? If so, then you should support Dalmiya.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:36  

  • vick, so you do agree that there are games behind the scenes? Thats all that some others are saying too. Look above, Pawar's games are written about too

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:37  

  • Toney i dont think Jaggu is some saint. Sure he is gonna try everything to keep his influence in BCCI going. My deal is i choose Jaggu over Pawar, Dungarpur and Lele anyday. I know Jaggu could have done better but i am not totally disappointed with what he has done till now for Indian Cricket. Then i see all other sports associations being run by politicians and that makes me to support Jaggu even harder.
    Yeah if tomorrow PP decides to take on Jaggu i will sure think about changing the side.

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:41  

  • vick, I think I am with you on that (surprise!!). I mean, Pawar is a much bigger crook than Jaggu. Its a pity that we have to choose b/w the 4 you mentioned, right?

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:43  

  • Roublen,
    Bro Are you sure that its not Pakistan which has asked for so many ODI's? I think BCCI is doing well by balencing btn ODI's and Tests. There are still tests in Indian where not many comes to watch the game. Would you really blame only BCCI for giving what its majority of customers want?

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:43  

  • Oh yeah. I wouldnt forgive someone of the Morons i mentioned. Last 4 years have bought me back to the game. And i am kinda thankful to Jaggu/SG for that.
    Whats that gureentee that Damru wouldnt put another crook like Azhar as captain of India if he gest to run the BCCI? I mean atleast jaggu dont go on asking players openly 'Mian Kaptan banoge'. Thats selectors job let them do it. yeah i know you sure you can influence them but still.

    By Blogger Vick, at 18:47  

  • vick, here is what I want in terms of test series:

    three test series for a fair opponent.

    four test series for a good opponent

    five test series for a great opponent.

    We're now in an era, where if things continue the way they are, India will never play a 5-test series again. That's just ridiculous. Because in the end, Tests, World Cups, and 4+ nation tournaments are the only thing that matter.

    Everything else is really filler. Sometimes we will remember a great innings from a tri-series, but mostly they're forgotten the day they're over.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:57  

  • Jaggu is a some special character. After getting tired of eating cricket money...he may become PM too. Advani is supporting JD camp. It is cong vs bjp.


    By Blogger Rajg, at 19:32  

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    By Blogger indCric, at 20:19  

  • Does any body here have insights into what happens in typical team meetings (say before a test match, before a final) Who participates (as speakers), what kind of analysis? Have journos been allowed in a such a meeting in the past? Is there a difference when the match is in India (do selectors sit in or ask to be invitred)?

    By Blogger BornDevil, at 20:22  

  • Prem

    Out of sheer curiosity. What does a active test player approximately make writing columns. I think most of them have ghost writers, dont they. Cant imagine anyone writing a coulumn for a news paper after 6 hours of intense cricket? Does the pay packet also vary depending on the nationality? Would Shane Bond make more than say Saurav or even Akash or Srinath? Just curious ... you may chose not to answer if you want to

    By Blogger indCric, at 20:23  

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    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 20:25  

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    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 20:26  

  • Lolz Prem...

    It so happens that if you follow Dalmiya...you just a expect a twist to everything...:-)

    and once you know that the man can never think straight...itz easier to get the motive..:-)

    But pretty smart move though, there is no way somebody is going to discredit a former supreme court judge...

    But then the TNCA affliated club ppl look smart enough,. if not better

    Justice M Thanickachalam gave this interim order on a civil suit filed by Netaji Cricket Club, seeking appointment of a neutral person to conduct the elections and to decide the eligibility of the voters and the contestants.

    Pretty interesting eh...But it seems so general. They would have done well if they had actually ensured that one person can vote only once irrespective of how many positions he may hold.

    We still have time though...another day I guess for the drama to change track again..

    seems to have upstaged the Ganguly drama on the popularity stakes..:-)

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 20:28  

  • when u see advani's name taken in BCCI elections , you know the system is screwed up and is way out of hand....buy i guess anything other than that would have been shocking ! :)

    By Blogger cartan, at 20:41  

  • If it was really JD's hand behind first petition, I think his motivation is to complete election as soon as possible and leave less time to opponents for preparations.

    But I do not understand his comment about "bankrupcy of quality of administration in BCCI". Is he criticizing his own candidate or what?

    By Blogger LinkLover, at 20:50  

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